A straightforward, practical guide to the newest frontier in investment strategy—crypto—from #1 New York Times bestselling author and personal finance expert Ric Edelman.
Blockchain and bitcoin are here to stay—and as the Bank of England stated, this new technology could “transform the global financial system.” No wonder PWC says blockchain technology will add $2 trillion to the world’s $80 trillion economy by 2030. Indeed, blockchain technology and the digital assets it makes possible are revolutionary, the most profound innovation for commerce since the invention of the internet.
And yet, the average investor—and the investment advisors who manage two-thirds of all their money—aren’t aware of all this, or of the incredible investment opportunities now available. Fortunately, Ric Edelman, one of the most influential experts in the financial field, shows investors how they can engage and thrive in today’s new investment marketplace.
Featuring the prophetic insights you’d expect from one of most acclaimed financial advisors, The Truth About Crypto is fun to read and easy to understand—and most importantly gives readers the sound, practical advice we all need to succeed with this new asset class. Best of all, Edelman shows how blockchain works, the difference between digital currency and digital assets, and a comprehensive look at every aspect of the field. This book is a must-read guide if you want to achieve investment success today.
"Blockchain technology and the digital assets it makes possible are revolutionary" enthuses Rowan University lecturer Edelman (The Truth About Money) in this handy survey. Finance professionals often have a hard time understanding this new asset class, he suggests, because it has "nothing in common with anything have learned about." He helps bridge that gap with intense enthusiasm: blockchain is "Internet 3.0," he writes. It "replaces the trust economy with an authentication economy" and as more banks develop blockchain technology, will add "nearly $2 trillion to the $80 trillion global economy by 2030." Edelman discusses the history of bitcoin, describes how crypto works (with easy to grasp definitions, for instance, of decentralized, aka "distributed across millions of computers around the world"), lays out the technology's potential positive impact (60% of the world's unbanked people have smartphones, so could access digital assets), and assesses whether it's too late to buy in (spoiler alert: it's not). While his tone sometimes borders on pandering in his attempts to persuade readers they're smarter than the slow-moving "establishment," this is nonetheless a rare bird: an actually understandable guide to cryptocurrency. Those wondering what all the fuss is about will find this a great resource.
The Truth About Crypto
I’ve been a fan of Ric Edelman for a long time. I’ve read all his books, and, as a result, have adopted his investing philosophy. Don’t try to time the market; have a diversified portfolio of stock mutual funds and ETF’s; use dollar cost averaging; hold for a long time and rebalance periodically. When I saw this book being offered, I was surprised because I just assumed Mr. Edelman would be in Warren Buffett’s camp of “stay away from crypto; it’s a fool’s game.” I’ve stayed away because I didn’t understand crypto, and I just couldn’t get my head wrapped around the whole concept. Ric has changed my thinking. This book does an excellent job in explaining the world of crypto. It may be written at a sixth grade level, but that is what I needed. Thanks to Ric “I get it,” at least I get the basics, which is all I need. (However, homework and/or professional help still required for choosing the right investment.) If you want to learn how to “mine” bitcoin, you will need another book. And for Edelman fans, don’t worry, Ric’s recommendations are measured and fit well within his investing philosophy. Nothing crazy being offered up here. I highly recommend this book.